Roland Kirk

Real Name:
Ronald Theodore Kirk
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American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and bandleader.
Later know as Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Born on August 7, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Died on December 5, 1977 in Bloomington, Indiana, USA (of a stroke).

He was best known for being a blind jazz saxophonist who could play more than one wind instrument at once. Kirk played a number of musical instruments, mainly various saxophones, clarinets and flutes. His main instruments were tenor saxophone and two obscure saxophones: the stritch and the manzello. Kirk modified these instruments himself to accommodate his simultaneous playing technique. The idea of playing more than one saxophone at the same time occurred to him in a dream and he set out to make it a reality. Around 1970 he added "Rahsaan" to his name after hearing it in a dream. He is also noted for his circular breathing technique and was reportedly able to sustain a note for over an hour.
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539 Triple Threat — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Triple Threat (Album) King Records (3) 539 US 1957 Sell This Version
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LPS 669 Introducing Roland Kirk — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Introducing Roland Kirk (Album) Argo (6) LPS 669 US 1960 Sell This Version
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PR 7210, PRLP 7210 Kirk's Work — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk With Jack McDuff* Roland Kirk With Jack McDuff* - Kirk's Work (Album) Prestige, Prestige PR 7210, PRLP 7210 US 1961 Sell This Version
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SR 60748, SR-60748 Domino — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Domino (Album) Mercury, Mercury SR 60748, SR-60748 US 1962 Sell This Version
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MG 20679, MG-20679 We Free Kings — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk We Free Kings (Album) Mercury MG 20679, MG-20679 US 1962 Sell This Version
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SMWL 21032 Reeds & Deeds — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Reeds & Deeds (Album) Mercury SMWL 21032 UK 1963 Sell This Version
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SR-60894 Kirk In Copenhagen — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Kirk In Copenhagen (Album) Mercury SR-60894 US 1964 Sell This Version
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125 945 MCL Gifts & Messages — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Gifts & Messages (Album) Mercury 125 945 MCL Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
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412 012 Tonight At Noon — Roland Kirk Charlie Mingus* Featuring Roland Kirk Charlie Mingus* Featuring Roland Kirk - Tonight At Noon(LP, Album, Mono, Alt) Atlantic 412 012 France 1965 Sell This Version
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SLML 4005 I Talk With The Spirits — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk I Talk With The Spirits (Album) Limelight SLML 4005 UK 1965 Sell This Version
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LM-82033, LM 82033 Slightly Latin — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Slightly Latin (Album) Limelight LM-82033, LM 82033 US 1966 Sell This Version
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V-8709, V/8709 Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith (Album) Verve Records V-8709, V/8709 US 1967 Sell This Version
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ALM 83007 Here Comes The Whistleman — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Here Comes The Whistleman (Album) Atlantic ALM 83007 US 1967 Sell This Version
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PJ-10116 The Jazz Corps — Roland Kirk The Jazz Corps Under The Direction Of Tommy Peltier Featuring Roland Kirk The Jazz Corps Under The Direction Of Tommy Peltier Featuring Roland Kirk - The Jazz Corps (Album) Pacific Jazz PJ-10116 US 1967 Sell This Version
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SC 1502 The Inflated Tear — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk The Inflated Tear (Album) Atlantic SC 1502 US 1968 Sell This Version
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SD 1534 Volunteered Slavery — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Volunteered Slavery (Album) Atlantic SD 1534 US 1969 Sell This Version
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1518 Left & Right — Roland Kirk Roland Kirk Left & Right (Album) Atlantic 1518 US 1969 Sell This Version
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1578 Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata — Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (Album) Atlantic 1578 US 1971 Sell This Version
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ATL CS 1630 0697 A Meeting Of The Times — Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk* & Al Hibbler Rahsaan Roland Kirk* & Al Hibbler - A Meeting Of The Times (Album) Atlantic ATL CS 1630 0697 US 1972 Sell This Version
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SD 1601 Blacknuss — Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Blacknuss (Album) Atlantic SD 1601 US 1972 Sell This Version
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SD 2-907 Bright Moments — Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Bright Moments (Album) Atlantic SD 2-907 US 1973 Sell This Version
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SD 1640 Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle — Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (Album) Atlantic SD 1640 US 1973 Sell This Version
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P-4023A,4024A The Case Of The 3 Sided Dream In Audio Color — Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk* The Case Of The 3 Sided Dream In Audio Color (Album) Atlantic P-4023A,4024A Japan 1975 Sell This Version
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SD 1686 Other Folks' Music — Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Other Folks' Music (Album) Atlantic SD 1686 US 1976 Sell This Version
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BS 2918 The Return Of The 5000 Lb. Man — Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk* The Return Of The 5000 Lb. Man (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2918 US 1976 Sell This Version

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lennylightweight

January 4, 2007
edited over 16 years ago
Rahsaan was considered to be either crazy or a genius, from what I can hear my conclusion is a worthy genius. How many musicians can play multiple nose trumpets/flutes along with an array of self-modified saxophones. For me, this is a purchase on sight artist.

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